“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”
Earlier this week, I read an article by Rick Hampson in USA Today regarding marches on Washington. In the article, Hampson stated that marches on the capital no longer have the same effect that they used to. While most of us know about the Civil Rights Movement March where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream speech,” many are not familiar with all the marches that have happened in the past several years. While marches on the capital were once a bold statement of beliefs, they are rather overused now and lack the power they once had.
Sometimes we are like marchers in the church. We have various methods for evangelism, like tracts, door-knocking, and gospel meetings, which at one time were effective methods, but don’t work as well now as they used to. For example, gospel meetings used to be held to get people from the community to come to church. Now, however, most gospel meetings are only attended by members from other congregations. Perhaps it is time for us to take a step back, and revaluate our methods.
In Mark 12:28ff a scribe asked Jesus what the greatest command in the law was. Jesus replied that the greatest command was to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and the second command was like it; love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus said that on these two commands rests all the law and the prophets–in essence, this is everything, every other command is based on these. How does this apply to our discussion? Well, if we love God, we will let our light shine before others…we won’t be able to help it! Also, if, because of the love God has shown us, we have a love for others, we will want to tell others about Jesus; no tracts, no handouts, just people talking to others about their Lord. While some of our methods may be outdated now, this one isn’t…nor will it ever be.